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Re: Re: Any ideas on this please?

Message from Rosy Cole

In forum: Identify a plant

Believe it's woody nightshade. Solanum Dulcamara. Solanaceae are often toxic, but encompass a wide range of plants, including potato and tomato.

  • Posted: Sun. 10th June 2012 11:37

Re: Any ideas on this please?

Message from Debbie

In forum: Identify a plant

Looks like Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' [Chilean Potato tree]

  • Posted: Sun. 10th June 2012 11:24

When can I harvest my premiere potatoes

Question from Chris Wragg

In forum: Solanum tuberosum 'Premiere'

I planted my premiere potatoes in mid march and beginning of april in containers but frost has caught the mid march crop. The mid march crop are not growing well but the start of april crop are growing extremely well. When will these plants be ready to harvest? I have had a exploratory feel around the mid march crop and the only potatoes to grow at the base of the containers have turned to mush,will this plant grow anything else??? This is the first time I have ever tried potatoes. Thank you.

  • Posted: Sat. 9th June 2012 14:05

Re: Re: Shallow soil vegetable gardening

Message from Carol

In forum: Edible gardening

Sometimes you have to just keep trying. If something fails in 3 growing seasons with different weather, it's probably not right for the site! I'm not a vegetable expert, but I have grown potatoes, courgettes and rainbow chard successfully in a patch under a corkscrew willow that was dry and dark (and not very deeply cultivated). Some fruit copes better with low light than others - I have a feeling raspberries will cope with some shade better than currants - but both are woodland edge plants originally, so even if they crop better in full sun, they will survive and crop a bit without. How long have you got? Can you try a couple of new things every year and build up a list?

  • Posted: Thu. 19th April 2012 09:30

Re: horseradish and jerusalem artichoke

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: Pests, diseases and invasive biosecurity risks

I have grown both Jerusalem Artichokes and Horseradish, and they are thugs.
I planted the horseradish in a large clay pot. If you harvest its roots each year and replant, you should be all right. I did this got such a good crop the first year (you don't need a lot) I left the pot for a couple of years and found it had cracked the pot and the tap root had escaped out of the drainage hole , it then started to take over the garden. Weed killer was needed in the end.
Similar with Artichokes. I put them up at the side of my garden to act as a quick screen, they get yellow sun flowers (Small sun flowers) and they looked great, again excellent crop but unless you dig out every single tiny piece of root it will take over.
To process the Horseradish , wash , dry and freeze the whole roots.When you need some, grate it while still frozen this stops your eyes watering, as with onions, but a zillion times worse.
If I grew them again, I would make sure they when in a part of the garden where they could do there own thing, I've got a feeling that they are not raised bed material. You might try one of those Potato bags and it would be easy to tip the lot out each year.Lakeland sells them in various sizes.Hope this helps.

  • Posted: Wed. 4th April 2012 10:50

Re: Re: best potatoes

Message from Richard Loader

In forum: Edible gardening

Stephen, you say Javelin was a bit bland for you - that's interesting and demonstrates something important.....in time you'll find the varieties that suit you and your soil. Flavour can vary a lot depending on soil and cultivation. Epicure is good and Home Guard an old standby by that has stood the test of time. Cara is excellent if it grows well for you, on my clay soil it doesn't do well. If you get a chance try Charlotte....good luck with your spuds.

  • Posted: Wed. 4th April 2012 09:26

Re: best potatoes

Message from stephen byrne

In forum: Edible gardening

Thanks Richard / MD

Grow Pentland Javelin last year and although the yield and
quality was good the taste was a bit bland .
It has been suggested to me to try Epicure and Home guard
for earlies and Cara as maincrop .

  • Posted: Wed. 4th April 2012 07:35

Re: best potatoes

Message from MD

In forum: Edible gardening

Stephen,
so much on flavour is down to personal taste but I would recommend looking at jbaseedpotatoes.co.uk as they give a good description of a huge variety that they sell and will make your decision a little easier.

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd April 2012 19:09

Re: Re: best potatoes

Message from Richard Loader

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi.....strange, I saw your reply to your question but not the original...if I had I would have replied for sure because I grow a lot of spuds and am happy to share my experiences.

Taste in spuds varies a lot but one thing I have noticed this year is how well the variety 'Charlotte' has established itself as a favourite. For me it's a top choice, it grows well, crops early and is really versatile, great as a salad spud but boils, chips and bakes as well.
My favourite early is Pentland Javelin, it has superb new potato flavour but I also grow Premiere because it also tastes and cooks well but is a bit earlier than Javelin.
If you like baked spuds all year round then it's worth growing Winston, it's an early that produces good big tubers ideal for baking...often mid to late June they will be ready.
For main crop I grow Sarpo Mira, now people say they are not the best flavoured and that's true but they crop heavily, are blight restistant and keep incredibly well.....I find they easily store until my new spuds are ready to dig.
For growing in pots I go for 'Mimi', a small, red skinned salad spud that has very short, tidy foliage. The flavour is outstanding, I have already eaten home grown Mimi this year...see photo.

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd April 2012 18:21

Re: best potatoes

Message from stephen byrne

In forum: Edible gardening

Thanks everyone for the overwhelming response .

Really helpfull advice , what a great gardening website .

Hope others have as good a response as me .

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd April 2012 17:34

Re: Inexpensive trough planter suitable for housing bamboo

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: Container gardening

Lots of people use the bags that Gravel is delivered in by builders merchants but if this is too big there are many polypropylene fabric planter (for potatoes etc) that might fit the bill. I notice that www.Lakeland.co.uk are selling some called Z,igg Zagg Planters in various sizes.

  • Posted: Sun. 18th March 2012 16:10

best potatoes

Comment from stephen byrne

In forum: Edible gardening

In your experiences which are the best potatoes
for flavour and yield ?

  • Posted: Thu. 1st March 2012 11:21

Re: Re: Re: Ho can i fix my garden?

Message from Carol

In forum: Garden design

It looks to me like you could slab for a shed quite neatly at the end. Think about putting a green roof (sedum mat) on the roof and growing climbers up the side so it looks like garden not just building. Depending how often you need to go to the shed (and what you need to wheel in and out) decide whether you need a straight path (not pretty) or can manage a winding path. There is a permaculture method for starting a veg patch without digging (one of Patrick Whitfield's ideas shown in 'It's not easy being green' a couple of years ago, but there must be other references around). It involves putting down a thick layer of card on the grass, tipping potting compost (or cheaper compost or a mix) on top in a thick layer and then planting into that. It's good for shallow rooted things (salad and maybe radishes or small beetroot, spring onions or small onions, perhaps even peas). And you can plant potatoes through a hole in a layer of card and put compost on top. That way you can clear the grass by covering it for a season or so and get a crop without having to dig it all over. (But I do agree it might not get rid of all of the couch grass if you have any - that stuff is fairly persistent). After the first year, the cardboard will have rotted in and you can dig deeper and plant more deeply rooted things (beans, more spuds, brassicas etc). What do you think?

  • Posted: Tue. 21st February 2012 13:25

Re: New Member - question about tomato plants

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: New member

Your Toms have Blight, similar to potato blight. Warm damp weather allows the spores to settle on the plants. Grow in the greenhouse next year to protect them from the blight spores or under a fleece. I don't think it has been a good year for Tomatoes. The cat looks lovely BTW.

  • Posted: Mon. 21st November 2011 12:38

Re: Please help Identify this photo

Message from Louise Yates M.A.

In forum: Identify a plant

You don't mention whether it's a climber or not, but it looks like Solanum crispum, a member of the potato family (and poisonous, so position with care away from small hands).

  • Posted: Sun. 13th November 2011 08:33

Re: Garlic at the allotment

Message from Carol

In forum: Edible gardening

My recent experience would bear out this idea that full sun is important. I have had great harvests from the patch that gets most light and poor harvests from the shadiest patch. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but the potato harvests have been better the opposite way around, and the broccoli has done just as well in either spot (and all the same weeds grow equally well in both spots!). I plant mine late (November, even through to 21 December if there is no deep frost) and harvest close to midsummer's day (solstice to solstice).

  • Posted: Sun. 11th September 2011 11:13

Re: weeds & stuff

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hope I don’t get drummed out of the Brownies for this answer, but here goes.
Why do you want to grow a lawn on an allotment? An allotment is meant to much needed fresh food.
The "Weeds" growing in the grass are telling you something about the soil. . Chickweed indicates cultivated soil with very good fertility. If these weeds are pale in colour or stunted in growth then soil fertility is low. Chickweed is an annual weed and will die in the winter but it will seed around. Chickens will clean this off an area of grass in no time. Perhaps another allotment hold would like to put a few hens on there while they are gardening.
White clover, adds nitrogen to the soil through the process of nitrogen fixation, where bacteria symbiotically living in their roots extract nitrogen from the atmosphere, making it accessible in the soil for its host, and any nearby plants. Greens, for example.
To try to eradicate these beneficial weeds is going to make you soil far less productive and putting a weed killer on is poisoning the soil.
I would winter dig the whole lot in and grow potatoes to clean the land. If you have too much allotment to get to grips with all at once try using green manure. Grazing Rye will grow overwinter adding nutrition to the soil. Dig it in, in the early spring, and then plant potatoes. Potatoes are great for ground clearing. Green manure can be used and most times of the growing season once a crop has finished put in some green manure for a few weeks and return the goodness to the soil.
The only grass you need on an allotment is a path. Mowing this weekly will keep and weeds from taking over. Remember there is a 7-10 year waiting list for allotments and they are needed to grow food not grass.
There is a website for allotment holder and an excellent paperback book that will no doubt be invaluable to you.
Patricia
http://www.allotment.org.uk/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Allotment-Guide-Best-Your/dp/0716022125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315048228&sr=8-1#_

  • Posted: Sat. 3rd September 2011 10:56

Re: Why haven't my potato plants flowered yet?

Message from Mark-Anthony Rector

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi, I wouldn't worry to much about them blooming, I've planted a veggie garden the last two years, and honestly mine never bloomed either. But on the other side, we had some of the best potatoes ever, I love those little one the most, and I separate them to use first in fact. Little newbies, and then when they are cooked, some cream, real butter, and some freshly ground Pepper, oh my!

  • Posted: Fri. 26th August 2011 15:43

Re: Strange courgettes

Message from Brenda Cosigan

In forum: Edible gardening

My those are odd-looking indeed. The only thing like them I've seen was the potato crop I had one year that produced warped, multi-budded tubers like something out of a weird alien seeding. Could it be the seed variety? (You don't have a leaky nuclear power plant nearby, surely.)

  • Posted: Sun. 14th August 2011 16:56

Re: Solanum Album potatoe vine)

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Solanum jasminoides

Hi, Jo,
With the Solanum, it might be a nutrient defiiciency. Give it a good feed and you might also want to try a foliar spray. As far as the clematis, how long have you had them? Have they been fed recently? Are their roots shaded? Would you be able to post a photo?
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 28th July 2011 21:04